“The idea for this shoot is something I’ve had in mind for quite a while. I got the idea after looking for inspiration in old portraits, when I came across some old native americans portraits of men wearing war bonnets, beautiful environments and documentary photographs.

I got inspired by the feel, the roughness and the beauty in these pictures and started to think of how I could convert the feeling I liked in those pictures to something I do. Fashion.
After a while I found the things needed to make the shoot happen, I intentionally wanted to start outside and on-location to get the right vibe for me and the model, with environment and horses and all that stuff.
As a follow-up and backup I made a mood-board for a studio shoot as well if the Gothenburg-weather would stand in our ways to make the intentional idea happen.

The day came and of course the clouds filled the sky and the rain started pouring down. So we quickly steered against a studio instead to shoot the backup plan, a scaled down version where I found the inspiration mainly in “regular” portraits of Native Americans.
Today I’m happy that the weather was against us, because everything worked perfectly in the studio and we got some pictures we really liked. Hopefully the on-location shoot will happen soon as well.

The picture was shot with a single light, a quite high white beauty dish on the right side and a white reflector-screen to lighten up shadows.
The black and white conversion was done in Camera Raw with different Smart Object-layers to get the metallic look, then of course some dodging and burning and finally a texture to get that roughness I wanted.”
– Niklas Bergstrand

HMUA – Sofie Bergdahl
Model – Nadine D. S.

Nikon D800
Nikon AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8D @ 135mm
Exposure f/5.6 @ 1/125th
ISO 50


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